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3/06/2005 09:22:00 PM | Timothy

It's Complicated...?
Government Department Chair Anne Sa'adah says in the D editorial: "Senior hiring is always difficult; even junior hiring is increasingly complicated, in part for reasons that people watching children in two-career couples can well imagine."

John Bruce quotes this article says: "Quick paraphrase: it's very complicated. It's almost as complicated as watching children, ha ha."

Huh? From what I understand, one real problem the government department has had over the past few years is that it has not been able to keep professors who also have partners who are also in academia. Junior hiring is difficult because these partners need to find jobs in Hanover. Academics often fall in love with other academics. I wonder whether Dartmouth departments have tried to pay institutional attention to this problem (rather than deal with on an ad-hoc and neglectful basis). If this is an institutional problem, I don't see the petitioner candidates addressing this issue and trying to solve it. Perhaps it is a problem that could be solved, but one that people think should not be solved (because there are problems with potential solutions, etc.) Well, then the problem is complicated, right?



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